HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division III Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division II Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS FOOTBALL: 2019 Lackawanna Football Conference Division I Schedules

Teams have held their spring practice sessions and most, not all, will take a break until after the Fourth of July, before getting back to work for the 2019 High School Football Season. This year remember, while being the second year of a two-year cycle, does have...

HS TRACK AND FIELD: 2019 Lackawanna Track Conference Coaches’ All-Star Teams

As the spring sports season enters its final week, ON THE BLOG begins to put a bow on the 2018-19 scholastic sports year. Today, the Lackawanna Track Conference Coaches' All-Star Teams are released. Western Wayne coach Justin Collins organizes a meeting of the coaches...

Wade, Didi team up for ‘extraordinary’ play

Didi Gregorius ranges up the middle to field a ground ball by Malquin Canelo in the third inning. Gregorius would spin and throw to first in time to get the Lehigh Valley leadoff hitter, but that wasn't even the most impressive defensive play he was a part of Friday...
Shark-infested waters

Shark-infested waters

Democratic U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright is facing a surge in anonymously sourced dark-money ad spending. Republicans believe Cartwright is vulnerable in the newly redrawn 8th District, and are betting big he can be unseated.

J-Lo, Shakira pole-dance with kids in cages on Trump TV

J-Lo, Shakira pole-dance with kids in cages on Trump TV

The internet is having a lot of fun this morning with the Tweeter-in-Chief's confusion about where the Kansas City Chiefs play their home games. Trump congratulated the Super Bowl Champions on their first championship in 50 years. “Congratulations to the Kansas City...

No matter how thin you slice it …

No matter how thin you slice it …

Trump's so called peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians -- crafted by his son-in-law who claims to have read a whopping 25 books on the subject -- is just more of the same zero-sum gamesmanship favored by this administration. One side (notably Netanyahu's) gets...

Cross to bear

Cross to bear

Pharmacy Benefit Managers have come under scrutiny recently as independent pharmacies struggle with drug pricing arrangements that leave them teetering on the brink.

Officials piped up, but failed to get the lead out

Officials piped up, but failed to get the lead out

The best thing about local newspapers is that they expose corruption and other wrongdoing that otherwise would be hidden from the public. A side benefit is that we archive our stories and photos as a "first draft of history." In a city where the past seems perpetually...

Drip, drip, drip …

Drip, drip, drip …

As if the financially strapped Scranton School District needs yet another fire to douse, it turns out the district apparently ignored warnings about lead contamination in the plumbing systems in many of its school facilities. Given the relative age of many of the...

Clean sweep

Clean sweep

John Bolton is making it hard for Mitch McConnell and the White House to suppress the appearance of witnesses at Trump's impeachment trial.

Bolton leak sinks ‘Trumptanic’ defense

Bolton leak sinks ‘Trumptanic’ defense

“How’s Ukraine doing? ...How long would they last in a fight with Russia?” “I don’t think very long. Without us, not very long... The biggest problem there, I think, where we, where you, need to start is we got to get rid of the ambassador. She’s basically walking...

Passing the torch

Passing the torch

State House Speaker Mike Turzai announced this week that he won't run for re-election. So who'll be next to lead the GOP in partisan budget brinksmanship while kowtowing to the gas-drilling industry?

Following the money into the commissioners office

Following the money into the commissioners office

OK, I'll admit political contributions aren't always the indicator people think they are, but they say something about a politician. In this case, most of the top people whom the Lackawanna County commissioners hired in the last two weeks contributed to their...

The nominee by a nose?

The nominee by a nose?

Like many GOP'ers on Capitol Hill, US House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has been more than willing to drown the truth in a bathtub in the service of Donald Trump. His unexpected decision to wade into the 8th District GOP primary and endorse political newcomer and...

Mr. Bond’s Neighborhood

Mr. Bond’s Neighborhood

Arsonists often return to the fire scene to admire their handiwork. Ken Bond is a regular at meetings of the Hill Neighborhood Association. He was there Wednesday night, according to attendees who couldn't believe Scranton's most notorious slumlord and tax deadbeat...

Openness and transparency

Openness and transparency

Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti has a lot on her plate. The city faces a perilous financial situation in the face of a lawsuit alleging that it over-collected taxes in violation of Act 511, in addition to others involving the sale of the city sewer system and the...

Big spender

Big spender

Give Trump credit for a rare instance of truth-telling. As he promised during the 2016 campaign, he is not accepting his $400,000 annual presidential salary. He instead has been donating it to various federal agencies involved in homeland security and fighting opioid...

Lackawanna, we have a problem

Lackawanna, we have a problem

Squabbling over front-office hires. Springing a potential 11.3-percent tax increase on county taxpayers. Hiring politically connected buddies whose qualifications are highly questionable, and then telling the public that it's none of its business. The newest county...